Where to ski? Part 2 – Lower Silesia
Undiscovered by many people, Lower Silesia is one of the most interesting places in Poland, where you can indulge in white madness. It is also a fantastic holiday destination that tempts not only with perfectly prepared ski slopes, but also attractions that are worth visiting when there is no snow or when we are taking a break from skiing. The southern regions of the Lower Silesia Province are well connected with the rest of the country, and the best way to get here is by a modern car from PANEK Rent a Car.
This is probably the most famous resort in Lower Silesia. Szklarska Poręba and Świeradow-Zdrój are fighting for the title of the most besieged by tourists in the region, and of course with Zakopane on a national scale. Karpacz, however, has a slightly different character. Due to large differences in levels, it is closer to alpine ski stations, and its architecture is comparable to that of Bavarian towns. No wonder, as the entire region of Lower Silesia belonged to Prussia and Germany for hundreds of years. Skiers will certainly be most interested in the well-prepared Karpacz Ski Arena stations with the cable car to Kopa and Winterpol Karpacz Biały Jar. The first one enchants with amazing views from the upper station, from where you can admire Śnieżka and the panorama of the entire region. Both have a specific microclimate, thanks to which the snow is secure, and the skiing conditions sometimes prevail here even until the end of April.
After skiing, it is worth going on a car trip to the nearby Chojnik Castle, see the dam on Lomnica, Wild Waterfall or the unique Wang Church transported to Karpacz from Norway. An unusual point in Karpacz itself is also the Gravitational Anomaly Site. It’s a road that seems to be going downhill, yet going uphill, but actually going downhill, creating the impression that the cars are going uphill by itself. Be sure to try it yourself in your rental car.
Szklarska Poręba and Świeradów Zdrój
The city owes its reputation to the wonderful location in the valley of the Szklarki river and the specific climate that makes it possible to relax here like nowhere else. Similarly to Karpacz under Śnieżka, Szklarska Poręba is located at the foot of Szrenica, one of the highest peaks of the Karkonosze Mountains (1,362 m above sea level). It is here that the main ski resort in the city – Ski Arena Szrenica, is located. The views at the top are breathtaking, and you won’t find trees so fairy-tale covered with snow and sculpted by wind anywhere else in Poland. In the city itself, it is worth visiting the Julia crystal glassworks, the Dinosaur Park and the Mineralogical Museum.
Driving from Szklarska Poręba to Świeradów-Zdrój, you will encounter a place called “Death Bend”. In recent years, many serious and even fatal car accidents have occurred here. Today, the place has been rebuilt, while strengthening the barriers, but the bend itself is still a tourist attraction. There is also a beautiful view of the Karkonosze Mountains. Świeradów-Zdrój tempts with a truly alpine-style ski station. Ski & Sun is an 8-seater gondola lift with a height difference of 443 meters between the stations and a 2,500 meter long ski run! As a health resort, Świeradów-Zdrój also offers tourists a spa park and a pump room. The local mineral waters have a positive effect on the cardiovascular system, support the nervous system, and also have a positive effect on the functioning of the digestive system and intestines. On a day free from skiing, it is worth using a rented car and visiting the secret Czocha Castle.
Lądek Zdrój, Stronie Śląskie and Czarna Góra Resort
A well-known quote from the cult movie Miś says that there is no such city in London, but Lądek-Zdrój. Yes, it is, and right next to it is Stronie Śląskie, with the Czarna Góra Resort ski resort in it. This is one of the most interesting and family-friendly slopes in Lower Silesia. It is very easy to get here by car from Wrocław, and the accommodation base still attracts tourists with its prices. The black mountain will appeal to beginners and intermediate skiers. The runs are gentle, wide, but easy, and there is also a 1600 m long black and red run for advanced skiers. There is also an illuminated run so you can have fun on the slopes until the late evening hours. On a free day, it is worth getting in the car and visiting the nearby Museum of the Uranium Mine in Kletno and a sledge ride on the Czarna Żmija gravity slide. You must also visit Lądek-Zdrój itself, whose radium waters are favorable for the treatment of joints and rheumatic pains.
Polanica-Zdrój and Zieleniec
The ski resort in Zieleniec is one of the most modern resorts in Poland. The complex of nine chairlifts and perfectly prepared routes are able to meet the requirements of the most demanding customers. They all connect with each other at different stages, allowing you to freely ski almost the entire region. The green area itself, being the highest district of Duszniki-Zdrój, has its own microclimate, thanks to which you can ski here until the very spring. Interesting, modern accommodation and good gastronomy also encourage you to come here. In terms of tourism, we recommend car trips along extremely picturesque, but also demanding mountain routes, which are among the most beautiful in the country. An important note here: the passability of many of them is kept “white”, and some of them may be closed in winter
Winter holidays encourage you to travel to interesting places, and well-prepared ski routes correspond with other attractions of Lower Silesia. We recommend our modern cars from PANEK Rent a Car for holiday trips. Cars of various classes, also with all-wheel drive, will meet the requirements of demanding customers.